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Auden’s Birthday

W. H. Auden in Greenwich Village, by Richard Avedon

Let us celebrate the birthday of W. H. Auden, that immensely gifted poet and thinker!

My first book was about him, and I have edited two of his long poems, The Age of Anxiety and (coming soon) For the Time Being: A Christmas Oratorio.

Why do I think so highly of him and return to him so often? Well, here are some essays and reviews that might help to explain:

Also, you might be interested in the syllabus for a course Auden taught at the University of Michigan in 1941.

But above all, read the poems!

about the author

Alan Jacobs is a Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in the Honors Program at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and the author most recently of The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography.

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